8-bit PhD Event

Register now for the 8-bit PhD Event! FuseNet organises its annual PhD Event for the eighth time on 22–23 November.

The virtual venue of this year is Gather.town. While including all the signature elements—high-profile keynote speakers, a top-notch scientific programme and the much valued PeckaKucha contest, this year’s programme will also include a poster market and the brand-new SpeePhDating initiative. All to ensure abundant opportunities for doctoral students to connect to their peers! Follow FuseNet on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to stay updated on the PhD event.

Scientific programme

Both the Monday and Tuesday programmes kick off with a high-profile keynote speaker, whose names will be revealed in the coming time via the FuseNet website and socials. Monday will further offer the choice of a plenary session on plasmas or materials with varied talks by experts in the field. After Tuesday’s keynote, attendees get the opportunity to present their own scientific work in a specially prepared Gather.town poster hall. The afternoon is reserved for a series of side sessions that were highly appreciated by last year’s attendees. Take your pick of side sessions on deployment of fusion reactors, liquid-metal divertors, fusion start-up and diagnostics for research and control.

PechaKucha contest

The FuseNet PechaKucha contest is readily becoming a household name. PechaKucha is a fixed-format presentation in which a presenter has to make 20 slides that are shown on the screen for exactly 20 seconds each. To get across your own research in such a format is a challenging but highly rewarding experience. Of course, there are prizes to be awarded in different categories like most engaging, best designed, funniest and more. Winners are determined by popular vote and, besides eternal fame, will get a fun keepsake to commemorate their successful attendance. Interest to give a PechaKucha can be indicated in the registration form. You will be notified in the first week of November whether you’ve been selected.

Networking and leisure

The poster session and the PechaKuchas are both perfect opportunities to put yourself and your research in front of an audience. Just as important, though, are those unexpected but valuable one-to-one encounters. Gather.town facilitates that out of the box to some extent (see below) but that was not enough for the organisers. That is why, for the first time this year, you can go SpeePhDating in the breaks! You can indicate your interest for this on the registration form. There is also ample time for leisure. You can break a sweat during the fitbreaks after lunch on both days, and display your knowledge of random (fusion) trivia during Monday’s evening pubquiz!


During the event, attendees will be able to select an avatar and ‘physically’ traverse the premises of the PhD Event in Gather.town. Depending on their proximity to others, a video connection starts up to allow the kinds of spontaneous encounters that were so important in the ‘live days’. Walking the thin line between a conference tool and an 8-bit video game, the developers of Gather.town struck a balance between playfulness, seriousness and, crucially, interpersonal relations, making it a perfect fit for the FuseNet PhD Event. See you there!

Register now

Registrations have opened and will remain open until 31 October 2021. Visit https://indico.fusenet.eu/e/phd-event-2021 to register today.

FusionEPtalks. The European Master in Fusion Science and Engineering Physics: 15 years of experience.

Speaker: Prof. Guido van Oost

When: 14-Sep-2020 at 17:00 (CET, Prague).

Abstract: As the fusion community makes pace towards commercialization, the balance in research is shifting from an academic-and-fundamental direction to a technology-and-industry-driven orientation. Internationalization, multidisciplinarity and mobility are key attributes required from leaders in the nascent fusion industry. For nearly 15 years, the FUSION-EP joint Master degree has delivered a high-level research-oriented education and a well-integrated cultural experience within an international consortium of institutions leading the interdisciplinary field of magnetic fusion. The combined and harmonized teaching and research activities coordinated among eight partner universities in Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany and Spain offer a variety of competences in a field of crucial importance to the problem of world energy supply. Besides the ITER International Organization, there are presently twenty-five academic and research associate partners from the EU, China, India, Lebanon, Russia, and Ukraine. Professor van Oost is one of the founders of FUSION-EP. In this talk, he will present the structure, philosophy and future perspectives of this unique graduate programme. Prospective students should note that 15 full scholarships are awarded every year to the top candidates!

Please visit https://fusionep-talks.egyplasma.com/events/event.php?eventID=31

See you on ZOOM, 

Alexis and the FusionEPtalks Team

Next on FusionEPtalks: Transport dynamics in turbulent magnetically confined fusion plasmas (30_Jul_2020)

Speaker: Prof. Raul Sanchez
When: 30-Jul-2020 at 18:00 (CET, Prague).

Abstract: It has been known for at least two decades that, in certain regimes, magnetically confined plasmas such as those within a tokamak or stellarator, may exhibit complex, non-diffusive radial transport that is badly modelled by means of traditional, effective, eddy diffusivities or conductivities. These regimes may become very important in next-step experiments, such as the ITER tokamak currently under construction in Southern France. In this talk, we will discuss some of the reasons for the appearance of complex transport behaviour in these plasmas, their implications for plasma confinement as well as give some hints about how these kind of regimes can be more properly modelled by using fractional transport theory. Comparisons with numerical simulations and, when available, experiments, will be also discussed.

More info: https://fusionep-talks.egyplasma.com/events/event.php?eventID=25

See you on ZOOM,

Dhaval and the FusionEPtalks Team

1st Spanish Fusion HPC Workshop (Nov. 27 2020)

This workshop https://hpcfusion2020.bsc.es covers all computer applications using High Performance Supercomputing (HPC) in the field of fusion research. These include, but are not limited to, numerical simulations in the following areas:  

  • Energy and particle transport
  • Multi-physics modelling
  • Plasma turbulence and related transport processes
  • Plasma hydrodynamics including linear, nonlinear and/or extended MHD
  • Plasma instabilities
  • Edge and plasma-material interactions
  • Heating, fueling and current drive
  • Laser-plasma interactions
  • Fast particle physics and burning plasma issues
  • Scenario development and control
  • Fusion reactor materials
  • Fusion reactor technology

The language of the workshop will be English and it will be open to all.

The programme will consist of three plenary talks:

– Alberto Loarte (ITER Organization) Modelling needs to support the ITER Research Plan and role of HPC

– Susana Clement (Fusion for Energy) Role of HPC in Broader Approach Activities in Fusion

– Xavier Litaudon (EUROfusion) EUROfusion E-TASC Programme and HPC role within it.

Invited talks and contributed orals. The abstract submission for invited talks and contributed orals is open now and will close on September 15th.

Selected presentations will be invited, by mutual agreement, to submit a journal paper after the workshop to a special issue published in Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion (@IOPPublishing).

Check https://lnkd.in/dwTWErc for more details and to submit your abstract.

You are invited to submit your abstract now to Spanish Fusion HPC Workshop!

For more info: https://hpcfusion2020.bsc.es

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the Workshop!

Next Fusion EP Talks (24_Jul_2020)

Coupling plasma and wall currents for disruption simulations

Speaker: Dr. Francisco Javier Artola Such

When: 24-Jul-2020 at 18:00 (CET, Prague).

Abstract: The talk will be about disruptions events that can arise in tokamaks producing large heat and electromagnetic loads on the structures surrounding the plasma. The dynamics of these events are complex and 3D simulations are required to understand present experiments and to assist the design and operation of future machines. Disruptions induce wall currents which in turn determine the plasma motion, therefore it is necessary to couple these currents to the plasma in a self-consistent form. In the presentation different methods for such a coupling are explained for 3D MHD codes and examples of 3D MHD simulations of Vertical Displacement Events (VDEs) are also presented.

More info: https://fusionep-talks.egyplasma.com/events/event.php?eventID=28